This gospel song was published in 1918. It has been performed by many artists. It also goes by other titles, such as Down By The Riverside. Verses change, are added and deleted, in the manner of a true folk song that adapts over time. Regardless, the message of the song is to lay down instruments of war as a means to secure and maintain peace. The message remains important.
This version is by folk singer Leadbelly (1888-1949), who often played the 12-string guitar. Moby updated the tune many decades later.